Kishaloy Halder

Ph.D. Computer Science

United States
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About Me

I currently work as an Applied Scientist in the AWS AI Comprehend team in Amazon. I work towards bringing state-of-the-art NLP research into life by building models that uncover valuable insights and connections in text.

I previously worked as an Applied Scientist in the NLP Research team at Zalando SE. I designed and built NLP solutions to understand textual feedbacks from millions of Zalando customers.

Earlier, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science under the guidance of A/P. Min-Yen Kan. My research interests are in the intersection of Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval. My thesis is formally titled “Automatically Facilitating Discussion in Online Forums”. Towards this, I have worked on many prevailing challenges that hamper the user participation in these forums such as Reddit, HealthBoards, MOOC discussion forums to name a few. I have focused on some key issues such as recommending the suitable discussion threads for interested users through textual content modeling. I have used traditional models such as probabilistic graphical models, as well as recent advancements in NLP through deep learning such as Gated Recurrent Units (GRU), attention mechanism. I have worked on a few important aspects of recommendation systems such as explainability of such systems, and cold-start problem. You can find my CV here.

I have been a part of ALSET NUS, and built an AI based career guidance system. The system recommends online courses for Singaporeans based on their profile. Check out the project details here.

Earlier, I graduated from IIT Bombay in Computer Science and Engineering. As part of my master's thesis, I worked in the area of Cloud Computing and Virtualization under the co-supervision of Prof Umesh Bellur, and A/P. Purushottam Kulkarni.


Past Collaborators

Alan Akbik, Professor of Machine Learning, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Lahari Poddar, Applied Scientist, Amazon

Kazunari Sugiyama, Associate Professor, Kyoto University

Academic Background

NUS, Ph.D. 2019.

IIT Bombay, M.Tech 2012.

WBUT, B.Tech 2010.

Professional Services

PC Member, WSDM 2022

PC Member, AAAI 2022

PC Member, EMNLP 2021

Reviewer, ACL 2021

PC Member, KDD 2021

PC Member, NAACL 2021

PC Member, WSDM 2021

PC Member, EMNLP 2020

Reviewer, ACL 2020

PC Member, SIGIR 2020

PC Member, AAAI 2020

PC Member, AI2019

PC Member, SIGIR 2019

PC Member, AAAI 2019

PC Member, SIGIR 2018

Reviewer, NAACL 2018

PC Member, MEDA, JCDL 2018

Work Experience

Amazon AWI AI ~ 2021, November - till date

Zalando Research ~ 2020, March - 2021, November

Google Research ~ 2018, July - 2018, November

Flipkart Internet Pvt Ltd ~ 2014

Symantec Corporation ~ 2012-2014

IBM India Software Lab ~ 2011

Project Mentoring: Past Students

Akshay Bhola during his intership on "Skill Recommendation from Online Job Advertisements" May - July 2019.

Van Hoang Nguyen during his UROP on Credibility Analysis from Health Forums during Jan - July 2018.

Grace Lam during her internship on "Neural Models on Textual Item Recommendation" during Jan - Feb 2018.

Jintong Xu for her UROP titled "Understanding User Behavior across Multiple Social Networks" in 2015-16.

Other Projects

Developed lang-detect, A Neural Language Detection framework written in Python.

Contributor of ParsCit, An open-source CRF Reference String Parsing Package developed by WING.

Past Project Reports


Teaching Experience

Tutor for CS3245 Information Retrieval, semester II, 2017-18.

Tutor for CS3245 Information Retrieval, semester II, 2015-16.

Tutor for CS2103 Software Engineering, semester I, 2015-16.

Tutor for CS5224 Cloud Computing, semester II, 2014-15.